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Microchip Offers 16-bit Control Starter Kit

June 16, 2009

New MPLAB starter kit for PIC24H MCUs makes adding advanced 16-bit control to embedded designs such as HMI and intelligent sensor processing cost effective and easy.

CHANDLER, AZ--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced the MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs, which includes everything needed to develop and evaluate Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and intelligent sensor processing for embedded designs, at the low cost of $59.98. The kit is based on the PIC24HJ128GP504 16-bit microcontroller (MCU), which features up to 40 MIPS performance, 128 Kbytes of Flash, 8 Kbytes of RAM and a full complement of integrated peripherals. For advanced HMIs, the kit includes an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) array display that is supported by the free Microchip Graphics Library, low-cost audio and speech playback capability for user prompts, and user-input capabilities. For intelligent sensor processing development, the Starter Kit board has a triaxial analog accelerometer interfaced to the PIC24H, along with example applications such as motion-sensitive gaming.

Embedded control requires more performance to support features such as sophisticated HMIs, which are being added to a broader range of products. The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs provides a simple and easy-to-use tool for quickly developing HMIs in deeply embedded, low-cost applications.

Embedded designers are also finding that increasing requirements to add active intelligence and functionality to sensing and measurement applications make higher performance microcontrollers with precise responsiveness very desirable. Additionally, these intelligent sensing applications demand advanced processing out at the sensor or sensor cluster. The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs helps solve these challenges by including a triaxial analog accelerometer sensor and the circuitry to interface to additional external sensors. The kit also provides sensor interface software.

"An increasing number of embedded-control applications require higher performance 16-bit processing," said Derek Carlson, vice president of Microchip Development Tools. "With the MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs, we offer these customers a complete development system with breakthrough affordability, high performance and remarkable ease of use."

"The PIC24H MCU family provides the designer with a high-performance, scalable platform capable of supporting a wide variety of cost-effective embedded applications," added Rich Hoefle, marketing manager of Microchip's High Performance Microcontroller Division.

The MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs allows developers to run the included accelerometer-based sample programs, and check out the interaction of the accelerometer and the switches with the MCU on the visual display, while listening to speech playback. Users can connect their own analog sensors for signal processing, and can download and test their own applications. Additional key features of the MPLAB Starter Kit for PIC24H MCUs include:

  • Integrated debugger/programmer
  • USB powered
  • 128x64 OLED display and onboard speaker
  • Low-cost speech playback via G.711 compression
  • Two switches for application utility
  • Separate analog conditioning circuitry to plug in wide range of sensors for sensor signal processing
  • CD with Microchip's MPLAB Integrated Development Environment, including a full editor, programmer and debugger; MPLAB C compiler; code examples and user's guide

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip's Web site.

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Microchip is committed to supporting its customers by helping design engineers develop products faster and more efficiently. Customers can access four main service areas at Microchip's web site. The Support area provides a fast way to get questions answered; the Sample area offers evaluation samples of any Microchip device; microchipDIRECT provides 24-hour pricing, ordering, inventory and credit for convenient purchasing of all Microchip devices and development tools; finally, the Training area educates customers through webinars, sign-ups for local seminar and workshop courses, and information about the annual MASTERs events held throughout the world.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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